This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on February 21, 2014

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6 Articles to Read this Weekend

Designing the Workplace, Strategically
Workplace strategy encompasses an organization’s goals and values – what is it trying to achieve and how is it trying to achieve it? These messages are crafted and delivered through a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle communication channels. When done well, they have a positive impact on employee engagement, loyalty, and innovation. When done poorly due to inconsistent, infrequent, or unclear messaging, they impair the ability to deliver on the company brand … WorkDesign Magazine

Beyond Collaboration: Workplaces that Innovate
The pendulum in the workplace is swinging. For the last two decades, the call for collaboration has been a front-and-center mandate. Across all landscapes, building types and business sectors, open, active and engaging workplaces have sprung up. Yet the very spaces that were once thought to be an answer to workplace design are now generating a new set of behavioral pains … Facilities Management Magazine

Quality of Place and Its Role in Corporate Location Decisions
As companies compete for talent, “place” is an asset that can be honed, improved, and marketed to potential employees. As we travel the country working with communities large and small, urban and rural, from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest, one thing is clear: our client communities, and their resident businesses, are increasingly concerned about developing, retaining, and attracting the talent necessary to produce a sustainable work force … Area Development

The organization that renews itself: Lasting value from lean management
Applying lean principles to management, rather than just operations, can help large organizations reimagine how they work and unlock value through continuous improvement … McKinsey & Company

Commercial Real Estate Pricing Gains Momentum in 2013
In the latest CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) analyzing property sales through December 2013, found that the recovery in U.S. commercial real estate markets advanced in 2013 as broad gains in net absorption, rents, sales activity and pricing extended across markets and property types during the year … CoStar Group

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking
We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong … Harvard Business Review

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